Second chicken tests positive for West Nile
Hernando County Mosquito Control officials say that a second sentinel chicken has tested positive for West Nile Virus in northwest Hernando County, meaning there are mosquitoes in the area that carry the virus. The chicken is part of the same flock that tested positive in August. The virus is not harmful to chickens, but can be deadly to humans and horses. No human cases have been reported, but anyone in the area where the virus is circulating is at risk of being infected. The sentinel chickens are on Nuthatch Road, a mile south of the Hernando-Citrus county line.
Lower prices for pet adoptions
Hernando SPCA is offering reduced prices and gifts for those who adopt during October. Adoption fees have been reduced to $20 for cats that are older than 1 year and $30 for kittens (not including specialty cats); dog and puppy adoptions have been reduced 10 percent. All adoptions include vaccinations, deworming, flea treatment, spay/neutering and a bag of food. Cat adoptions include a free office visit and exam at Primary Care Cat Clinic. Dog adoptions include heart worm testing, microchipping, a free veterinary office visit and a gift certificate to Four Paws Kennel. The SPCA shelter, at 9075 Grant St., is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, except Wednesdays, when it is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit the shelter or call (352) 596-7000.
Two patches of pumpkins await
Two groups are selling Halloween pumpkins:
• A new shipment was delivered Wednesday to the pumpkin patch at Ridge Manor Community United Methodist Church, 34350 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. The pumpkin patch is open from 9 a.m. to dusk weekdays and Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For information, call Bob Defilippo at (352) 583-2556.
• Boy Scout Troop 442 is operating a pumpkin patch from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Fellowship Community Church, 11250 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 686-4612.
Hernando County Value Adjustment Board, special magistrate hearing, 8:30 a.m., Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.
Hernando County Commission/Teamsters Local Union 79, collective bargaining session, 1 p.m., Department of Public Works, 1525 E Jefferson St., Brooksville.
Hernando County Tourism Development Council, 2 p.m. workshop, Office of Business Development, 15800 Flight Path Drive, south of Brooksville.
Nature Coast Bridge Club free Easybridge session: 11 a.m., Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill. (352) 597-5221.
Library to show Jane Eyre: 2 p.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Rated PG-13. (352) 540-6391, (352) 540-6374.